Sep 29, 2013

the library dress

I am a patient sewer.  I rarely anticipate the release of new patterns, and I tend to take my time planning new projects because, especially during the school year, my sewing time is quite limited and precious.  However, when Oliver and S released the Library Dress and the Art Museum Vest and Trousers, I snatched them both right up.  A classic boys' pattern is so hard to come by, and I love the details in the Library Dress.  I probably should have started on an outfit for Colin first, but I am so drawn to sewing adorable little girl dresses that I couldn't help myself.  The Library Dress had to be first.

I went with all the bells and whistles.  The collar and cuffs were easy to assemble, and I like the bright pop of blue against the busy print of the dress.  I love the print because it reminds me of the flour and sugar sack prints of the 1930's.  (I might have spent a little time at the end of the summer watching Ken Burns' epic documentary on the Dust Bowl because I might be a super-nerd.)  One of my friends said that this looked like an American Girl dress, which I took as the highest of compliments. :-)

I had originally planned to put dark blue buttons down the back, but, as luck would have it, I was three short and the store was sold out.

Cara has been in the midst of a growth spurt lately, so I went with a size 5 for this dress.  She would probably have been fine with a size 4, but she'll be able to wear this dress for a while.  

The best thing about this dress is that Cara whole-heartedly approves of it.  It sat on my desk for a week or two when I ran out of the buttons, and she asked over and over when her new fall dress would be ready.  I love that she loves it.

hi there.

Hello there, internets!  It's been such a long time that I don't even know what to say now.  It feels silly to say "sorry" because the only thing I would have to be sorry for is being kind of busy.  But that's what happens when summer ends and school starts: things get busy.

The start of a new school year is a good thing though.  I like making new school year resolutions way more than I like making New Year's resolutions.  A new school year is truly a fresh start in my world.  And it was a big one this year--Cara started 4K!

not their first day of school picture, but it looks like it could be

I am beyond amazed at everything Cara has already learned in 4K, and I find it hilarious that her favorite part of the day is seatwork.  She really likes tracing her letters and coloring in the lines.  She's a nerd like her mama, I suppose.  Colin is probably learning some stuff over in his toddler class, but so far, he's keeping it to himself.  That might be because he's still mostly speaking gibberish, but it's okay because I catch a word every now and then.  When I pick the little peeps up from school, we spend the car ride home talking about the school day, and of course, Cara always has a lot to say.  Colin does too, and it's so cute to listen to him babble away about what he did, even if I can't understand everything.  This is one of my favorite stages, and I know I will miss hearing "aaahh-pooo" when he sees an airplane overhead.  The day Cara started saying "purple" instead of "pur-pur" was the day a little piece of my heart broke.  Of course, that broken piece healed up quite nicely when she started pooping in the potty.  It all works out in the end.

In addition to 4K, Cara also started ballet and jazz classes.  She's doing a lot better at these classes than she did at gymnastics.  There was way too much down time at gymnastics and way too many temptations.  It's hard for me as an adult to resist jumping down a trampoline tumble track; how on earth could I expect my three-year-old to resist?  But, (and this would be a big a deal to Cara) now that she is FOUR, she prides herself on her ability to follow directions and do the "correct" thing, and dance classes give her the perfect opportunity to showcase these talents.  And also, the leotard is adorable.

Colin doesn't seem to mind that he doesn't have any extracurricular activities yet.  He likes to spend his time texting and driving anyway.

I'm happy to report that we are making it work, in spite of being 10 minutes late for everything.  We always make it there eventually, and who's really watching the clock anyway?

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